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Introduction to Clothing - Short Courses
Various dates 2015, Manchester, UK
       Understanding Garments - 26 November 2015

       Size and Fit - 3 December 2015

The Textile Institute is delighted to launch a new series of Short Courses. Under the umbrella title of ‘Introduction to Clothing’ these courses are intended as a complementary offering to the existing ‘Introduction to Textiles’ course which has been running since 2010.

Six separate courses will provide a basic introduction to the subject and are intended for anyone just starting a career in the clothing industry whether this be at operative level; a new graduate from another discipline, or management level coming from another industry sector. Each course is one full day and delegates may choose to attend individual courses or build up a body knowledge by attending some or all of the courses.

The curriculum has been developed with the financial support of CAPITB Trust, an independent charity providing support and funding for “people employed or about to be employed in the British clothing industry”.

Members: £320
(£266.66 + VAT)

Non Members: £400
(£333.33 + VAT)

Students: £198
(£165 + VAT)

Delegate + Introductory Membership of The Textile Institute: £400
(£80 membership, VAT exempt + £266.66 + VAT)


Booking Form

The Friends Meeting House
6 Mount Street
M2 5NS

Further dates to be announced.

For further information please contact:
Emma Scott, Events Manager
T: +44 (0)161 237 1188


Textile Institute Christmas Party
Wednesday, 9 December, 2015
6:00 - 8:30 pm

UKFT 3 Queen Square, London
Members & non-members £15 on the door

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Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar:
The UK fashion and textile industry -  priorities for domestic manufacturing, export and skills

Timing: Tuesday, 12th April 2016 (date changed from 22 October 2015)
Venue: Central London

Guests of Honour: John Miln, Chief Executive Officer, UK Fashion and Textile Association and Lorna Fitzsimons, Managing Director, Lorna Fitzsimons Consulting and Director, The Alliance Project and Textile Growth Fund

In the context of the success of 'brand Britain', and against a background of growing changes in the global textiles market and sustainability concerns, delegates at this seminar will consider the current landscape for textile and clothing manufacturing in the UK - as well as next steps for protecting and stimulating prosperous fashion districts. It will bring together senior Parliamentarians and officials with key stakeholders across the UK fashion industry to examine the next steps for supporting further growth in the sector.

Delegates will also assess latest thinking on strategies for exporting and raising the profile of UK fashion internationally, for seizing opportunities in new markets, and for responding to challenges including emerging rival design hubs and alternative fashion weeks, domestic public funding pressures, and latest concerns on IP protection and enforcement.

Further planned sessions will discuss priorities for the engagement and recruitment of diverse young people into the UK fashion industry and ensuring that the next generation of talent have the relevant technical and entrepreneurial skills required to compete in the global fashion market.

For further information please click here


Introduction to Textiles - Training Short Course
22 - 24 February 2016, Manchester, UK

This intensive three day training short course is organised for the benefit of all those who are engaged in the manufacture, research and development as well as the commercial aspects of textile business. The course will cover Fibres, Yarns, Weaving, Warp and Weft Knitting, Nonwoven Fabrics, Dyeing and Finishing and Fabric Testing and Analysis.

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The Second International Conference for Creative Pattern Cutting
24th and 25th February 2016, Huddersfield, UK
Creative Cut

Fashion journalist, Brenda Polen described creative pattern cutting as: “illuminating, inspired, intricate, whimsical, subtle, complex, challenging, eclectic, weird, dramatic and sculptural" (Rotor, 2014 p. 14).

The Second International Conference for Creative Pattern Cutting is the second global conference to promote contemporary research into the art of creative cut and its significance within the fashion industry. There has been a tremendous global response to the call for papers and the research presented promises to be diverse and inspiring. The conference will examine creative pattern cutting within contemporary fashion and aims to provide a platform for pattern cutters, fashion designers, students, and educators to explore the impact and direction for creative pattern cutting.

Registration is through the conference website:

Then click on Book now for the early bird conference rate!

Early bird registration: 16th February - 31st October 2015

Early bird conference cost:
      One day - £160 with dinner - £120 without dinner
      Two day - £250 with dinner - £210 without dinner

Late registration: 1st November 2015 - 12th February 2016

Late registration conference cost:
      One day - £180 with dinner - £140 without dinner
      Two day - £290 with dinner - £250 without dinner

Student rate - Student places are limited
      Full conference - £190 with dinner - £150 without dinner

Registration closes: 12th February 2016

Conference: 24th and 25th February 2016


 One - Day Conference Covering 
 Latest Developments in Textile Processes and Products 
Thursday 25 February 2016
Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, 
Manchester, M2 5NS, UK

Organised by: Manchester and Cheshire Section of The Textile Institute
         Chairman: Dr Kim Gandhi (
 Hon. Secretary: Helen Boden Colebourn (

 The Post-ITMA conference programme will be covered  by the below listed distinguished 
 speakers in their respective fields who will present their views on  
 "WHAT WAS NEW AT ITMA 2015 " as experienced at the prestigious exhibition. The 
 event will cover the latest scientific and technological developments in Spinning, Yarn 
 Preparation, Weaving, Warp and Weft  Knitting, Nonwovens, Dyeing, Finishing and 
 Printing, Sustainability and  Textile Design/Management.

 Attendance at the conference has been designed for a wide range of personnel including 
 those who could not get the opportunity of attending ITMA 2015 and are engaged directly 
 or indirectly in the processing  and production of textiles in one form or the other 
 Marketing, Education and Research.


 Registration: 8.30 - 9.25 am

 Session 1: 9.25 - 1.00 pm (Inc of tea/coffee break)
 Developments in Fibres / Spinning -  Mr Adrian Wilson, ITMA Editorial Consultant, UK. 
 Developments in Yarn Preparation & Weaving - Dr Kim Gandhi CText FTI, Consultant, 
 Developments in Warp and Weft Knitting - Prof Subhash Anand MBE CompTI 
 CText FTI, University of Bolton, UK.
 Developments in Nonwovens - Prof Stephen J Russell CText FTI, University of Leeds, UK.
 1.00 - 1.50 pm  LUNCH BREAK

 Session 2: 1.50 - 4.00 pm 

 Developments in Dyeing, Finishing and Printing -Dr Ian Holme CText FTI, Technical 
 Editor, International Dyer, UK.
 Developments in Sustainability - Vanessa Knowles, Managing Editor, textiles, UK.
 Developments in Textile Design/Management -  Dr Pammi Sinha CText.FTI, 
 University of Leeds, UK.

 Please click here to booking for the conference


The 90th Textile Institute World Conference
25-28 April 2016, Poznan, Poland

The Textile Institute is delighted to announce that the Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants (INF&MP) will be hosting the 90th Textile Institute World Conference.

INF&MP has been involved in complex research and development works on fibrous raw materials both of plant and animal origin. The Institute works on obtaining, characterising and applying of natural fibres both in traditional and advanced applications. The Institute is involved in a number of national and international research projects; cooperates multi directionally with numerous research centers worldwide; works for agriculture, environment protection, construction, transport, food and pharmaceutical industries and medicine.

Poland is situated in the geographical heart of Europe. Poland is a very rapidly developing country, with a long tradition of excellent scientific research in new materials, natural fibers as well as in polymers and composite materials.

Poznan is the capital city of Wielkopolska, the Western part of the country and the cradle of the Polish State. It is one of the oldest cities in Poland with many well-preserved monuments of architecture like the Renaissance City Hall in Old Market Place and the Gothic Cathedral situated on an island. Poznan is an important industrial centre and a traditional place of international trade fairs. 

The conference will aim to establish international interdisciplinary cooperation in various fields of science, research and economy that are linked by textile technology in its broad meaning.

A full Call for Papers and the Conference website will be available in the coming weeks.

Download abstract guidelines here.

Founding Sponsor: Taylor & Francis Ltd


Have your say!

We are constantly developing new events that benefit our members. We would like to hear from you or your company if you have a need for a particular subject to be covered through our conferences and events. Please contact us to have your say.

We are always updating our events calendar so for up to date details of all our events please visit regularly.

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Upcoming Events

TIWC 2016
25-28 April
Poznan, Poland

12 - 19 November 2015
Milan Italy



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